Solar News & Climate Blog
sonnenCore: Lower Priced Versatility
New sonnen Battery Makes Home Energy Storage More Affordable and Flexible Just in time for the holidays – and for the final year of federal solar energy tax credits – sonnen has introduced a more affordable home battery system.  The new sonnenCore battery has a higher safety rating and much longer projected lifespan than the...
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What’s Next for Clean Energy and Solar/Battery Tax Credits?
Now that the dust appears to have settled on the 2020 presidential election, what does the future hold for clean energy policy and solar investment tax credits? While control of the U.S. Senate won’t be known until two runoff elections are held in Georgia in early January, President-elect Biden has signaled some early actions he’ll take...
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Official Vermont Policy: Change Nothing and Hope Climate Change goes Away
This graph is the electric mix from the 2020 Annual Energy Report, prepared by the Vermont Department of Public Service (January 15, 2020). This is 95% from 20th century facilities. These do absolutely nothing to solve climate change; if we don’t do anything different, nothing will change.  Partly by historical accident and partly by conniving,...
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How Have the Koch Brothers Infiltrated the Scott Administration
Have the Koch Brothers really infiltrated Vermont? Yes, the main argument used by the Vermont Public Service Department, the Public Utilities Commission and the Vermont utilities to kill solar is “cost shifting”. This argument was pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Koch Brothers funded think tank, at least as far back as 2014....
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2020 US Climate Crises
• Colorado’s two biggest wildfires on record have occurred in the last three months.  • September 2020 was the warmest September (world-wide) in 140 years of records, and seven of the warmest Septembers ever have occurred in the past seven years.  • California’s largest wildfire ever exceeds one million acres, larger than Rhode Island. This...
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Vermont Greenwashing
What, isn’t Vermont “Green”? Of course it is, right?  Wrong. Green Mountain Power, which is owned by a Canadian natural gas distributor and supplies 70% of Vermont with electricity, claims that their energy supply is 94% carbon free and more than 63% renewable. This sounds great, except that 95% of this electricity is produced in...
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What If We Electrified Everything?
What if you electrified everything in your life? Your cars, home heating system, lawn mower –everything! Would it cost more to live that way and diminish your quality of life? The answer may surprise you. It might even mobilize you to take action!
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Covid-19 Is Speeding Rise of Solar as ‘New King’ of Electricity Markets, IEA Says
The world’s response to Covid-19 may “reshape the future of energy,” the International Energy Agency predicts in its 2020 World Energy Outlook, released last week.  Renewables are the only energy source expected to grow this year, the report says.  Solar is taking “center stage” as a result of supportive government policies and declining costs, and...
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Northern New England Tops List of Best Places to Weather Climate Change
In a changing climate, northern New England is the best place to be. That’s the finding of a 50-state analysis by the highly respected Rhodium Group. All of Vermont’s 14 counties are in the top 100 counties in the U.S. ranked to withstand heat waves, drought, wildfires and other climate risks, and eight neighboring counties...
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Biden’s Climate Plan Is Red, White and Blue
On July 14th, Joe Biden unveiled a new climate plan that’s winning praise from backers of the Green New Deal. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee raised his climate spending goals from $1.7 trillion over a decade to $2 trillion in just his first term.  Biden also moved his timetable forward by 15 years for the utility...
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Weather Forecast: Even More of the Same
You know the saying: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” That’s becoming a more common expression in Vermont and New Hampshire these days.  We’ve already slogged through our first summer heat wave – five consecutive days of 90-degree-plus heat in late June.  The first half of July holds more of the same.  While forecast...
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Happy Summer Solstice!
Some encouraging milestones on this Summer Solstice The summer solstice, traditionally called “midsummer”, but now more commonly thought of as the start of summer, is upon us!   As a quick reminder from that science class long, long before the advent of ‘remote learning’, the summer solstice occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its...
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Life Beyond Coronavirus: Four Reasons for Hope. One Call to Action.
Coronavirus will be with us for a while, complete with social distancing and masks on our faces – somber reminders of the difficult times we now face.  To buck up our spirits, let’s focus on building a future that’s brighter than our past, starting with climate change… and solar power.  Here are four reasons for...
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On Earth Day: A Lot Of Progress, a Lot Of Work Still To Do
A Lot Of Progress, a Lot Of Work Still To Do: As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we need look no further than our own Connecticut River to see what good can happen when lawmakers, civic groups and ordinary citizens band together.
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The Power Is In Our Hands
Reflections on the time of Coronavirus from Solaflect Energy The coronavirus is fast emerging as the defining moment of our time.  While we do not yet know how long this tragic event will last, or how many lives and income may be lost, it is sure to change how we think about security, investments and...
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Brook Trout Discovered in Once Sterile Adirondack Lake
We’ve had plenty of distressing environmental news lately, so it is exciting to see an environmental success. As a result of acid rain, Lake Colden, high in the Adirondack mountains of NY, was declared fishless 32 years ago. It was recently announced that a reproducing population of brook trout was discovered there. This is the...
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Trend Watch Magazine Highlights Solaflect
Our friends at Mountainview Publishing has published its 2019 edition of Trend Watch, featuring a close look at Solaflect’s trackers as a way for homeowner’s to save money and help the planet.
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Record Breaking Solar Production
Record breaking production on Saturday from a two-Tracker installation on Bragg Hill in Norwich, VT. These blue bird cold days in winter can really top the charts, and compensate for miserable cloudy days in Sep/Oct/Nov of 2018 that produced 25% less solar than the same time frame in 2017. In contrast, Feb 2019 alone saw...
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The Winters we Love are in the Crosshairs
Many of us live in Northern New England because we love the winter recreation that the region offers, and many others discover that the winters are long unless one embraces the recreational opportunities provided in the region. However, these recreational pursuits are in peril. A new article from Climate Central (“ON THIN ICE: How Climate...
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Let It Snow! But preferably on solar that sheds snow quickly!
Solar energy is great, but not so much when it’s covered in lovely white stuff for days on end while the sun is shining.   And that’s just one of the reasons a solar Tracker makes all the difference.  Shedding snow quickly, getting right back to work, and generating 40% more solar energy than rooftop solar....
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Inspirations from our Big City Neighbor to the South
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…” said Daniel Burnham back in 1907. Well, Boston sure wouldn’t have disappointed the famed architect and planner of cities with its ambitious new plan to be 100 percent carbon free by 2050. On the heels of Massachusetts’ commitment to have 80% of electricity...
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Richmond Middle School Tracker
The Solar Tracker is live at Richmond Middle School. This “sculpture in motion” will reduce the school’s carbon footprint and provide ongoing opportunities for the Upper Valley kids to learn about responsible, cutting-edge renewable energy systems.
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The Solar Tracker Became Family
Five years ago, Beth and Sandy decided to install a Solaflect Tracker on their property in Norwich. They were pioneers, the first people to take the plunge with Solaflect. While solar energy options had been around for decades, the Tracker did something revolutionary: it tilted and moved with the sun throughout the day, resulting in...
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Time is Running Out
On the heels of the United Nations global warming report issued earlier this week, Solaflect founder Bill Bender submitted a letter to the editors of several local newspapers around Vermont and New Hampshire, which should be in newsprint shortly. Given the urgency of the topic, and on the chance newsprint doesn’t make it across your doorstep, we’ve shared a copy of his letter below:...
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